Friday, June 29, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
There is actually software to protect your computer from your cat. Really.
PawSense analyzes keypress timings and combinations to distinguish cat typing from human typing. PawSense normally recognizes a cat on the keyboard within one or two pawsteps.
From the Reviews:
"I recently tested PawSense, using a borrowed cat named Schrier. The software worked surprisingly well, blocking Schrier from her attempts to improve sketchy works of questionable literary value." --Scientific American, March 2000.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
ASK NOT FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS...
I am officially lining up with the Tony is Dead camp. I may even spring for the bumper sticker... at TonyisDead.com . In the mean time, I looked at the Zapruder tape, which is a frame by frame disection of the last moments, and also read the analysis there. Some of it is way out -- a little too much analysis even for me to accept without a debate, but most of it, I believe is right on. Most of what I hang my hat on is the sequence of "Tony's perspective" camera shots in the restaurant, and the timing of when it all goes to black. He heard the bell...and nothing else. Never heard the bullet. Never saw Meadow walk in. No more perspective. No audio, Nada. Dead. A deliberate 10 seconds of black. Not a gimmick, not a red herring. Not a fade to black- happy ending. It hits you like an anvil. The Member's Only Man killed him. Who is he? We'll never know. A motive? Don't really need one there. Any Way We Want It. The Mobster rules governing hits, get broken all the time. Tony hurt a lot of people, and had enemies. That is enough for me. Despite whatever truce he put together, he continued to be edgy. Always aware of his surroundings. That is his life. Always was. With good reason.
Plus, I went back and looked. Yes, he was eating an orange when he went to the Spec house to see Carmela. We know what happens when Oranges appear. (The link has all the Oranges in The Godfather.) I just love that touch. A tribute? Likely. For a laugh, you have to see this YouTube video... Godfather, Sopranos Style. Just click it. And also, incase you haven't seen it, the Pirate Parrot version.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
(Favorite quotes from Dad Says:)
Don't ask me, ask your mother.
Were you raised in a barn? Close the door.
You didn't beat me. I let you win.
Don't worry. It's only blood.
Don't you know any normal boys?
Coffee will stunt your growth.
A little dirt never hurt anyone--just wipe it off.
Turn off those lights. Do you think I am made of money?
You call that noise "music"?
We're not lost. I'm just not sure where we are.
As long as you live under my roof,you'll live by my rules.
I'll tell you why. Because I said so. That's why.
Do what I say, not what I do.
If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times. . . .
You want something to do? I'll give you something to do.
This is your last warning..
I'm not sleeping, I was watching that channel.
What keeps those jeans of yours from falling off?
I'm not just talking to hear my own voice!
Don't forget to check your oil.
If your friend jumped off a bridge would you?
Stop crying or I'll give you a reason to cry.
When I was your age I had to walk to school in 10 feet of snow up hill both ways!
You're only young once.
Don't look at me in that tone of voice!
Don't believe anything you hear and only half of what you see.
What do you think I am, a bank?
What part of NO don't you understand?
You're not leaving my house dressed like that!
Am I talking to a brick wall?
If I catch you doing that one more time, I'll...
One more thing...
Here's a great list of Things You Will Never Hear Dad Say.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Nine inch Nails - Year Zero
Rickie Lee Jones, Flying Cowboys
Saturday Night Fever-(if you want to see Travolta dance, click here)
Some things I learned from this experiment:
- One person from this list is a hopeless case when it comes to music.
- It's not good to make fun of a person's first answer. Usually they are very serious.
- Yes, the Mills Brothers had enough hits to make a Greatest Hits CD.
- One person took the time to list not one, but 19 CDs. And I knew only one on his entire list.
- Not once but Twice, kindred spirits appeared....and I got to say... yup... that's in my top 5.
- The Buffett fan's response was immediate. No dilemma there.
- This album has no deep subliminal meaning but musically it kicks ASS.
- Like anybody, I go through phases... Dean Martin.... AC/DC... John Legend... different things at different times.
- That has to be the toughest question ever. If I were to browse thru all my cds, I'd probably be saying "oh yeah that one! and that one! and that one!" endlessly.
- Hard call. I pretty much hate everything that's come out this century. I'd probably go backwards and get R.E.M.'s "Green" album so I can crank "Stand" all day long.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
I decided that rather than "fish" through music web sites looking for something different, or stick with what I know, I'm going to ask my friends. They have come through before. Van Morrison found his way to me, Leonard Cohen, Janis, The Band, Jimmy Buffett, and countless others, through my friends. So today I emailed several of them--- a VERY DIVERSE group, I may add, to help me by telling me their favorite CD. Let's see how it goes. Stay Tuned. I get the feeling this will be quite a list.
Monday, June 11, 2007
In the last scene:
..."everytime someone comes into the door you hear the bell then the camera view
shows tony, then switches to his point of view to show who is entering the restaurant. this pattern happens 3 times (first with curly haired lady who looks like janice, then trucker dude with USA cap, then carmela, then hitman followed by AJ, then meadow) When meadow enters the restaurant you hear the bell, see
tony and then it is black. The view from his perspective is black - he is dead."
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Osmond served 18 years as an officer with the Los Angeles
Police Department (LAPD). During his time on the force, he worked in vice, narcotics and as a motorcycle officer. He retired after getting hit with three bullets while in a foot chase with a suspected car thief. He was saved by his bulletproof vest and
I missed it the first time I watched The Blue Comet episode of the Sopranos, but the second time... in the safe house before they ordered the Pizza... in the shadows, there it was:
The Cardboard Silvio. I haven't found a "still shot" of it, or I would post it. Theories are few and far between, and I've come up clueless.